Southeast Missouri football strength and conditioning coach Ryan Napoli clearly knows what it takes to win.
Napoli joined the Redhawks staff in January after working as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at North Dakota State. During his time there, Napoli assisted the Bison football team during all five of its Division I FCS National Championship seasons.
Six months into his new role, Napoli has taken Southeast to another level from a physical training standpoint. Napoli arrived in time for spring drills and immediately hit the ground running. He continued his workouts in the summer, where the Redhawks ran early in the morning four times a week and lifted in the afternoon three days a week. As a result of its hard work in the weight room, Southeast saw a total bench increase of 875 pounds and a total squat increase of 3,325 pounds.
Along with his numerous training responsibilities, Napoli is in charge of meal preparation, another task he takes very seriously, understanding the importance of nutrition in the role of building successful athletes. Southeast's preseason camp meal schedule usually consists of a continental breakfast in the morning, a heavy lunch and dinner, and some sort of snack at night. Proper hydration and education go hand-in-hand when Napoli plans the daily menu.
The Redhawks Football team held its first practice of fall camp earlier this week on Tuesday, August 1, and they are now less than one month away from the season opener at the University of Kansas on Sept. 2. Redhawk Football season tickets are on sale, with prices starting as low as $44 for the entire season. Visit GoSoutheast.com for more information.
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